I never made it home OR to the studio Monday night.
You see, God decided he’d punish the city of Atlanta for its terrible drivers and poor city planning by unleashing the floods, forcing hundreds of road closings and rendering commuters all over town stranded and homeless for the night.
Thank you Mike and Jessica for dinner and the use of your couch. Thank you Liam for sleeping soundly through the night.
By end of the workday Tuesday I was anxious to get home, but not as anxious as I was to get back to tracking what we were unable to track the night before: backing vocals for Elizabeth, Mason Jar, and Heavy Hearts.
Heavy Hearts? Check.
Elizabeth (which has been renamed “Elizabitch” by some)? Check.
Mason Jar? Check; that is, if Will’s badass slow-jams low harmony ends up working with the overall tone of the song, which I’m thinking it will… I was having trouble nailing down the chorus’s upper-third harmony to my satisfaction, so Will began experimenting with a lower part. The more he got warmed up the better we both began to feel about the direction the song was taking, and before I knew it (in an unprecedented reversal of producer/artist roles), Will was at the mic tracking vocals while I coached, encouraged, and directed. It was like when Puffy started rapping after Biggie got his ass shot off, except Will’s not dead and I don’t have my own clothing line.
Anyway, the student had indeed become the master, if only for an hour and a half.
My point here, people, is that Will (known from here on out as “sensai”) has talents beyond just those as a producer, engineer, guitarist, bassist (electric and upright), cellist, strings arranger, and pianist…he also SINGS, and sings well. You’ll be hearing his vocal stylings on at least a couple of tracks off the record, guaranteed.
Speaking of tracks off the record: I’ll soon be arranging for my little blog to have mp3-playing capabilities. This way, I’ll be able to “show” instead of just “tell” about the evolutions of these songs in their final stages. I’ll have to solicit someone’s help with this, because technically, I’m stupid.